Today Bobby Arnold and I visited the Great Smokey Mountain Railroad. Three days ago the RR ran their 1702 steam engine down through the Nantahala Gorge as a dry run. Tony Franklin, Conductor/Engineer said that all steps are being taken to assure passenger safety.

The train had been configured with additional passenger cars so that guests could spread out to observe social distancing. An obvious second diesel
engine was added to bring the train back up the mountain.

The addition of facemasks to the crew was a bit interesting sight and adjustment. Kinda reminded me of visiting Tweetsie RR in Boone, NC where characters like Fred Kirby would lead the 'good guys' by chasing them away from the train.

Soon, I hope to be a passenger on the train and experience ride as a guest and reflect on days gone by.
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